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The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur

The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
(2xLP/CD/Ltd CD) Ninja Tune ZEN122/ZENCD122/ZENCD122X, 2007-05-07

Tracklisting :
01. To Build A Home feat Patrick Watson
02. Familiar Ground feat Fontella Bass
03. Child Song
04. Music Box feat Patrick Watson/Lou Rhodes
05. Prelude
06. As The Stars Fall
07. Into You
08. Ma Fleur
09. Breathe feat Fontella Bass
10. That Home feat Patrick Watson
11. Time And Space feat Lou Rhodes

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Press Release :
May 7th sees the release of the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's "Everyday". Entitled "Ma Fleur," the record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may or may not yet be made).

Shortly after finishing "Everyday," a piece of music which achieved great critical and commercial success (selling over 100,000 units) Jason Swinscoe relocated from East London to Paris. Here he began work on the instrumentals which would form the basis of his new record - more moods than finished tracks, a series of sketches or diagrams of directions to follow. Having completed a rough version by early 2005, he gave this to a friend who disappeared for 3 weeks and came back with short story scripts in which each track represented a scene. Jason then took this and worked some more on the tracks, and in turn gave this back to his scriptwriter, the two aspects of the project developing alongside one another.

Gradually, Swinscoe recruited suitable vocalists for the atmospheres and themes he wanted to deal with. The remarkable Fontella Bass (the woman behind both legendary soul number "Rescue Me" as well as some of the Art Ensemble of Chicago's finest moments) had worked on "Everyday" and was an obvious choice to voice the parts of the elderly protagonist that Swinscoe envisaged. Mercury-nominated Lou Rhodes is not only a fantastic singer but a young mother and so perfect for the "mid-life" singer. The as-yet unheralded Patrick Watson, a remarkable vocalist from Montreal, became the youngest of the trio.

Swinscoe, now based in New York, then filled out the arrangments with the band and assistance from his old collaborator, bassist Phil France. As a final part of the process, renowned New York photographer Maya Hayuk was commissioned to take pictures to represent each of the scenes/tracks. These pictures, scenes where the characters are missing or abstracted or metaphoric, would once again feed back into world of the soundtrack for a missing film.

Dealing with themes of loss and love - and in itself representing a kind of absence - "Ma Fleur" is fertile ground for Swinscoe's brand of music-making, for while people have talked about what he does in terms of jazz, the truth is that the basis of his music has always been in raw emotion. From the achingly beautiful opener "To Build A Home" to the finale, "Time And Space," this is an album which reaches for and finds a truth and honesty far beyond what we would normally expect from such a record, but without losing any of the accessibility which made TCO popular in the first place. If the mood is melancholy, Swinscoe and the musicians he works with manage to make it an ultimately uplifting experience, perhaps in the end more about the love you find than the love you lose…

The Cinematic Orchestra will be bringing their legendary liveshow to international venues from April.


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The Mellerines The Mellerines ·  08 January 2007, 08:53

Yes! At last! Just when I thought there be nothing more from what is possiby my primary influence...

I cannot give the Cinematics more respect. Perhaps apart from Jeff Buckley, I think that nothing equals them in musical excellence.


Arlyn from the Mellerines

mike mike ·  19 January 2007, 06:44

to hear their music

gandarez gandarez ·  22 March 2007, 15:03

Yes, muito bem, i hope they visit Portugal in the Tournee

moody moody ·  09 April 2007, 04:28

i really love ur music...where can i buy or how can i buy ur cd's from india[bangalore]....and i dont have a credit card....can u please let me know...thanx...moody

itchy itchy ·  23 April 2007, 18:53

I love these guys! they are responisble for my NINJA OBSESSION! i'm all preordered and waiting, we're all the way in New Zealand! and god i'd love it if they'd come down here sometime!

Ninja Freaks Ninja Freaks ·  01 May 2007, 06:50

To MOODY -> You can buy in Ninjashop at sending a Money Order in pounds, is a bit slow but works perfectly, thanks for use da Ninja-Obsession

Foto420 Foto420 ·  25 August 2007, 12:25

Your music is the most Wonderful and Beautiful ever! I cant wait for your L.A. show.

ham ham ·  01 October 2007, 07:06

Cinematic Orchestra's 'To Build A Home' featured on Sep 27th's episode of Grey's Anatomy in America - watch the clip at
You can get tickets for the Cinematic's show at London's Royal Albert Hall (November 2nd) from <

asp1007 asp1007 ·  06 January 2008, 18:46

Hey all,

Currently a Second year Music Education Major at UWO and hopefully looking at writing a paper on the album, looking at harmonies, rhythms, etc... especially interested in the programmatic nature of it. Anyone have any links to some concrete info on the album, or better yet does Jason Swinscoe have any contact info? Just have a few questions that hopefully can be answered and lead me to writing a solid paper.

Thanks in advance!

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